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Genomics plays a role in nine of the Ten Leading Causes of Death in the United States, most notably chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. These diseases are partly the result of how genes interact with environmental and behavioral risk factors, such as diet and physical activity.

The interaction between our genes, behavior, infections, and the environment can lead to many diseases. Family health history information can also help to identify people who may have a higher risk for certain diseases. Better understanding of genetic and family health history information can help practitioners identify, develop, and evaluate screening and other interventions that can improve health and prevent disease. Individuals can contribute to their health by keeping records of their family health information and sharing this information with their doctor and with other family members.In addition, a variety of genome-based tools and tests are increasingly becoming available in practice.

In this section we highlight alphabetically specific diseases and other topics for which we have specific information and/or are featured in the CDC Genomics and Health Impact Weekly Update. New links will be added regularly. If you are unable to find a specific resource, or would like to submit a resource for consideration, please contact






















What is Genomics?

Genomics is the study of all the genes in a person, as well as the interactions of those genes with each other and a person's environment. All people are 99.9% identical in genetic makeup, but differences in the remaining 0.1% hold important clues about health and disease.


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